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Anger over street lighting outages

Complaints: MP Kenneth Bascome says at least 58 lights around the Olde Towne have not worked for more than a month (File photo by Nicola Muirhead)

A St George’s MP has hit out at the deplorable state of street lighting in the parish.

Kenneth Bascome says he has counted 58 lights in and around the Olde Towne that have not worked for more than a month.

He told The Royal Gazette he had received a string of complaints from constituents about the lack of street lighting and branded the situation “pathetic”.

“It is my understanding that Belco are responsible for the street lights and the simple fact is that many of these street lights have not been working for over a month,” said Mr Bascome.

“That is simply unacceptable. I took a drive around the town this week and counted at least 58 street lamps that were not working.

“The areas affected stretch from the Ferry Reach junction to Wellington Back Road, Park Road, Cemetery Road, Bourne Drive, Naval Tanks Road and all along Berry Road to Fort St Catherine.

“I am calling on Belco to get their act together and sort this situation out. It has been going on for too long.”

Belco confirmed that they were still working to repair lamps that were damaged by Hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo.

A spokeswoman said: “Our street lights team are aware of these and other lights still awaiting repair in the aftermath of Hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo. Immediately after the hurricanes, more than 600 street lights were out on Bermuda’s main roads, and additional hundreds were out on side roads across the Island.

“Crews have been working on repairs ever since the hurricanes struck. The majority of street lights have been repaired and a new survey has just been completed to ensure that all remaining lights in need of repair are reflected on the work list.

“Repair work continues Island-wide, and we expect that by the end of next week most, if not all, of the lights in St George’s will be repaired.

“We know how important street lighting is and are making every effort to complete post-hurricane street light system rehabilitation as efficiently as possible. We thank the public for their patience and for reporting street light outages.” Outages can be reported by calling 955 or e-mail streetlights@belco.bm